Jingle Cross kicked off its triple header of UCI racing with a C2 night race in Iowa City. The big story of the day was the wet muddy conditions, the result of a day long deluge that had roads in the area flooded and the race venue chaotic. The sloppy Johnson County fairgrounds turf did not keep the partygoers off of Mt. Crumpit. An energetic crowd cheered on Helen Wyman and Marcel Meisen as they took the win on Night One of Jingle Cross.
Here is a late night dispatch as we prepare to leave Vegas early tomorrow morning (like 4 am early) to fly to Iowa for round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup. Although we may be leaving Las Vegas, there is still some unfinished business to cover from Madison, Wisconsin. Continue reading “In The Crosshairs U.S. Tour: Episode Three (Trek CXC Cup)”
The ITCH Tour marches on with the first day of racing in the books at Trek CXC Cup. After a few blazing hot days earlier in the week, temperatures were still hot but a little better for the first day of Trek CXC Cup. Although it was “only” a C2 race today, the talent level was high as an international field showed up to Trek Bikes’ backyard party and burned in lines and sweated it out. It is the morning of day 2 and the C1 women’s race goes off in a few hours. The course will be a bit different as will the field, as some of the top players who sat out yesterday will take the start today. Continue reading “The Big Picture: Trek CXC Cup Day One (Ethan Glading)”
I wasn’t sure what to write for this one, I went back and forth with paragraphs about when Steevo and I had first started hanging out, about how we spent the better part of 6 years driving around the country chasing cyclocross races and about when he got hurt and decided to focus his efforts and interest more on rocks and mountains in the fall time than on smashing pedals in the mud. Continue reading “The Big Picture: Rochester Cyclocross”
[Editor’s Note: pro cyclist and recent Crosshairs Radio guest, Cole Oberman, checks in from the dirt road with his first installment of a new feature on cxhairs.com. We’re still coming up with a name for Cole’s for now unnamed column and hope to crack that code soon. If you have an idea for a name send it along, but know in advance, all of your coal puns will be ignored. Before handing it off to Cole, we want to give a shout out to Julbo for making his trip possible. If after reading Cole’s column you want more info on the La Leyenda del Dorado event, check out legendofeldorado.com/en.]
It’s funny how some of the most incredible opportunities in life seem to drop in out of nowhere. This was certainly the case with my trip to La Leyenda del Dorado MTB Stage Race in Colombia a few weeks ago. About a month before the event I received an email from Dave Crothers at Julbo Eyewear USA asking if I was interested in going to Colombia to do a 7 day mountain bike stage race. A bunch of thoughts immediately ran through my head; I haven’t done a stage race in 2 years, I’ve only been training for XC, I speak like literally 4 words of Spanish, and I won’t know anyone there. Obviously I replied with an emphatic, SOUNDS PERFECT! Continue reading “La Leyenda del Dorado 2016”
Editor’s Note: In The Crosshairs’ Grand Tour correspondent, John Kavouris, is once again at the Tour de France and capturing the sights for you, the cxhairs.com viewer. Check out John’s work at johnkavouris.com and follow along here for another installment of offseason fun.
Rest Day Recap – Week 2
If you remember from last year, In The Crosshairs spent part of the off-season covering of week 1 of the Tour de France. It was a fun time, it was a tiring time, and it was a major learning experience. Part straight race coverage, part behind the scenes, part travel-log, it was an experiment, really, that happened to work out pretty well. At the bare minimum, I was able to start from zero, acquire a credential, drive like hell for 8 days, push the shutter button a few times, and arrive at the other side unscathed and with pictures that weren’t totally atrocious, in my opinion. Continue reading “CXHairs Goes to Le Tour (2016 Edition)”
On the fifth day of CXmas the Bpost Bank took us to Loenhout. One of the regular guys couldn’t make … Continue reading AFI: Loenhout
The journey to get to the French World Cup in Lignieres-en-Berry has been quite an adventure. I spent a good portion of the Monday after Nationals making travel arrangements at our hotel in Asheville. What transpired in the next 48 hours was very taxing on my body. Monday night was spent mostly on the floor of the bathroom in serious pain from food poisoning or some sort of stomach virus. Something had triggered my stomach into a full system reboot. Continue reading “Panda’s POV: My First World Cup”
On the fourth day of CXmas we got the floodlights of DIEGEM.
Last year we stood in freeing cold ice and snow and despite my feet being frozen blocks I thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle. This year the weather is unseasonably warm and I still haven’t had to wear gumboots to a race. Last year also, I came by train and met up with The Guys by Niels Albert (yes, we used Niels as a PLACE to meet!) This year we drove right past Niels and headed for the top of the course by the beer tent straight away! Well, it was a late start and by the time we got to the course it was well past beer o’clock! In fact, by the time we got there Jappe Jaspers was well on the way to overwinning again and much of the spectatorship were about 4 or 5 sheets to the wind! (That’s nautical misspeak to say a bit squiffy with the intent on becoming totally plastered) Continue reading “AFI: Diegem”
I brought camera gear with me to Asheville. I bring camera gear to every race. More and more, though, it never makes it out of the bag. I’m afforded this luxury because I have an amazing group of contributors who make my camera wielding unnecessary. Bruce Buckley, Brett Rothmeyer and John Kavouris crushed Nationals. The proof is in the pictures. And video? Yeah, I shot a ton of video at Madison and was planning to do the same at Austin until I ended up watching the elite races in an airport. For this year I brought all of the gear yet didn’t shoot one frame of video. And even if I had, I’m not sure I’d bother editing it after seeing the great work the next generation, including Noah Bell and Gentry Jefferson, are creating. Continue reading “The Big Picture: 2016 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (Bill Schieken)”